The dry, winter weather is here, and it’s taking a toll on your skin; so, I thought I would share some tips on how to choose the best skin care products for the season.
Even here in sunny southern California, I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my skin since summer’s humidity was replaced with drier winter air. I have dry cracked skin on my hands and dry scaly skin on my legs. And although my face is normally oily, a runny nose followed by the constant use of tissues has caused dry flaky skin around my nose.
There’s no doubt most of you have experienced the same problems. Winter, with its cooler, drier air, wind and precipitation can wreak havoc on your skin’s moisture balance. But there is a key way to prevent moisture loss, soothe existing dryness and protect against the elements—you must moisturize.
Now, not every moisturizer is created equal, so here are some tips for choosing the best body lotions and face creams for eliminating winter roughness.
1. Moisturizing Body Lotion: Look for a hand and body lotion that includes humectants, emollients and occlusives. Humectants retain moisture, emollients smooth and soften, and occlusives create a waterproof film that prevents the loss of moisture. Popular ingredients include: glycerin (humectant), lecithin (emollient) and petroleum (occlusive).
2. Face Moisturizer: Protecting your face in the winter doesn’t mean you have to wear a heavy facial cream. There are many facial moisturizers that are formulated to soothe and soften the skin without making your face feel like a greasy mess. Look for a lightweight moisturizer with hyaluronic acid (humectant), aloe (emollient) and evening primrose oil for soothing irritation.
3. Lip Moisturizer: The skin on your hands and face isn’t the only part that dries out in the winter, chapped lips are a wintertime staple too. Look for a lip moisturizer with sunscreen, natural oils and beeswax. Sunscreen is always essential for lips since the skin on your lips has no pigment to protect against UV rays. Natural oils soothe and soften the delicate skin on the lips. Beeswax is a natural occlusive to prevent moisture loss, and yet still allows the skin to breathe.